History YMMV / TheHurtLocker

25th Mar '16 7:34:52 PM Sabo88
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** The movie is supposedly set in Baghdad, 2004;
*** The Army wears the ACU (Army Combat Uniform) camouflage pattern, not adopted until 2005. They should have been wearing the DCU (Desert Combat Uniform) camouflage pattern.
*** In one scene, they play an Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 did not come out until 2005. The game they are playing, ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', was not released until 2006.
*** James uses a Beretta 92F pistol to threaten the taxi driver. The 92F had at this point been replaced in service by the 92FS.
*** Multiple soldiers are using the older PASGT personal armor. Whilst the PASGT was still in use, it was mainly utilized as a last resort when other armors were lost or broken, and saw most of its Iraq use as makeshift up-armor for vehicles. Newer units, like the soldiers depicted, would be wearing the Interceptor body armor that replaced it.
*** YouTube is mentioned at one point. As old as this will make some of us feel, YouTube was only created in 2005, and didn't see popular use until 2006.
*** Three Music/{{Ministry}} songs are played in the movie, from the album "Rio Grande Blood". This album came out in 2006.
*** Deltoid protectors, not introduced until 2008, are worn by some soldiers.
19th Feb '16 4:36:27 AM SpectralTime
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* AwardSnub: Defied. Despite going up against ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the visually-dazzling highest-grossing movie of all time (unadjusted for inflation), ''The Hurt Locker'' not only bested it for the top prize, it managed to defeat it in some of the technical categories that ''Avatar'' was expected to sweep, including Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Its journalistic writing even managed to defeat ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' for Best Original Screenplay.
** That said, there were a few fans and bloggers who noted that Anthony Mackie was sadly overlooked in the Best Supporting Actor category.
*** It should also be mentioned that many people view Avatar as having been snubbed.
* CriticalDissonance: The movie is considered to be a realistic war movie by many critics, but not so much by the audience. Indeed, most former and current military personnel that have seen it, especially Iraq vets, complain of lack of realism.
** In an interview, there was an actual EOD person who provided a variation on the military criticisms, not being keen on the film itself but appreciating the fact that it raised awareness of what they do.
** It would be as if a lawyer made a movie about how doctors are bad people. Doctors universally say the movie is ridiculous and badly done, but Hollywood thinks it is awesome and showers it with awards.

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* AwardSnub: Defied. Despite going up against ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the visually-dazzling highest-grossing movie of all time (unadjusted for inflation), ''The Hurt Locker'' not only bested it for the top prize, it managed to defeat it in some of the technical categories that ''Avatar'' was expected to sweep, including Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Its journalistic writing even managed to defeat ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' for Best Original Screenplay. \n** That said, there were a few fans and bloggers who noted that Anthony Mackie was sadly overlooked in the Best Supporting Actor category.
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category. It should also be mentioned that many people view Avatar as having been snubbed.
* CriticalDissonance: The movie is considered to be a realistic war movie by many critics, but not so much by the audience. Indeed, most former and current military personnel that have seen it, especially Iraq vets, complain of lack of realism.
** In an interview, there was an actual EOD person who provided a variation on the military criticisms, not being keen on the film itself but appreciating the fact that it raised awareness of what they do.
** It would be as if a lawyer made a movie about how doctors are bad people. Doctors universally say the movie is ridiculous and badly done, but Hollywood thinks it is awesome and showers it with awards.
snubbed.
19th Feb '16 12:03:04 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $17 million in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to constant and effusive praise from critics, the film became a mild hit on DVD, eventually pulling in $30 million. And it won some Oscars as well, including winning 3 of the main awards, Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor.

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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $17 million in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to constant and effusive praise from critics, positive word of mouth, the film became a mild hit on DVD, eventually pulling in $30 million.DVD. And it won some Oscars as well, including winning 3 of the main awards, Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor.
12th Feb '16 11:50:21 PM TheJrade1
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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $17 million in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to positive word of mouth, the film became a huge hit on DVD. And it won some Oscars as well, including winning 3 of the main awards, Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor.

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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $17 million in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to positive word of mouth, constant and effusive praise from critics, the film became a huge mild hit on DVD.DVD, eventually pulling in $30 million. And it won some Oscars as well, including winning 3 of the main awards, Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor.
12th Feb '16 11:37:55 PM TheJrade1
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* CriticalDissonance: The movie is considered to be a realistic war movie by many critics, but not so much by the audience. Indeed, most former and current military personnel that have seen it, especially Iraq vets, complain of lack of realism. However, despite the obvious liberties taken with EOD policy, the movie captured the ''emotional'' experience of fighting in Iraq like no other.
** Except that that is patently false. Critics who know about movies think it is realistic because it supports their viewpoints about soldiers being crazy and dangerous. Many movies portray realism and the emotional experience of war. You can tell because they are true stories.

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* CriticalDissonance: The movie is considered to be a realistic war movie by many critics, but not so much by the audience. Indeed, most former and current military personnel that have seen it, especially Iraq vets, complain of lack of realism. However, despite the obvious liberties taken with EOD policy, the movie captured the ''emotional'' experience of fighting in Iraq like no other.
** Except that that is patently false. Critics who know about movies think it is realistic because it supports their viewpoints about soldiers being crazy and dangerous. Many movies portray realism and the emotional experience of war. You can tell because they are true stories.


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** It would be as if a lawyer made a movie about how doctors are bad people. Doctors universally say the movie is ridiculous and badly done, but Hollywood thinks it is awesome and showers it with awards.
11th Feb '16 5:37:57 PM TheJrade1
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** Except that that is patently false. Critics who know about movies think it is realistic because it supports their viewpoints about soldiers being crazy and dangerous. Many movies portray realism and the emotional experience of war. You can tell because they are true stories.
4th Feb '16 7:22:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* AwardSnub: Defied. Despite going up against ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the visually-dazzling highest-grossing movie of all time (unadjusted for inflation), ''The Hurt Locker'' not only bested it for the top prize, it managed to defeat it in some of the technical categories that ''Avatar'' was expected to sweep, including Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Its journalistic writing even managed to defeat ''InglouriousBasterds'' for Best Original Screenplay.

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* AwardSnub: Defied. Despite going up against ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the visually-dazzling highest-grossing movie of all time (unadjusted for inflation), ''The Hurt Locker'' not only bested it for the top prize, it managed to defeat it in some of the technical categories that ''Avatar'' was expected to sweep, including Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Its journalistic writing even managed to defeat ''InglouriousBasterds'' ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' for Best Original Screenplay.
17th Jul '15 3:24:39 PM missmoon
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* TearJerkerL Obviously, many moments in the film.

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* TearJerkerL TearJerker: Obviously, many moments in the film.
5th Jul '15 6:35:29 PM creader
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Some of the stunts that James pulls off are pretty wicked tricks, like managing to defuse five bombs in one go, or defusing a bomb without his protective gear.



* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Averted. A majority of the action scenes consist solely of bomb disposal, while even the more action-packed incidents eschew the usual adrenaline-pumping music and fierce firefights for near-silent scenes spent aiming weapons at enemies that may or may not be there. The only time insurgents are fully visible is during the opening - everywhere else, they're either blended in with the crowd or shrouded in darkness.



* NightmareFuel - [[spoiler: [[strike:Beckham]] an unnamed boy is killed, has a bomb sloppily planted into him, and left to rot.]]
* TearJerker - Obviously, many moments in the film.

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* NightmareFuel - NightmareFuel: [[spoiler: [[strike:Beckham]] an unnamed boy is killed, has a bomb sloppily planted into him, and left to rot.]]
* TearJerker - TearJerkerL Obviously, many moments in the film.
20th May '15 5:18:41 PM nombretomado
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* InternetBackdraft: Debates on how accurate the movie was tend to spark some heated debates to say the least. Not to mention that a discussion on if ''TheHurtLocker'' really deserved Best Picture and if ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' was snubbed by the [[AcademyAward Oscars]] will spark a big one.

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* InternetBackdraft: Debates on how accurate the movie was tend to spark some heated debates to say the least. Not to mention that a discussion on if ''TheHurtLocker'' really deserved Best Picture and if ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' was snubbed by the [[AcademyAward [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]] will spark a big one.
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